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"Everything here is strange." Sony Classics has released one more official US trailer for Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, titled Pain & Glory, or also Dolor y gloria originally in Spanish. This initially premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won Best Actor. Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a Spanish filmmaker, in what is essentially an autobiographical film about Pedro Almodóvar and his experiences throughout life. This has multiple storylines at different times in his life, including his first love, and reconnecting with an old actor later in life. Almodóvar's "Pain & Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one's own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador [Mallo] finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation." Also starring Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia, Cecilia Roth, Raúl Arévalo, Julieta Serrano, Nora Navas, Rosalía, and Agustín Almodóvar. In theaters this October.
"The devil made him bite his own tongue." Screen has debuted a festival promo trailer for the Indonesian indie drama title The Science of Fictions, also known as Hiruk-pikuk si al-kisah originally. This film is premiering at the Locarno Film Festival coming up this month, and this trailer is hoping to build up some interest so it can find distributors around the world. The Science of Fictions seems to be a fable about "fake news", referencing the Moon landing which occurred 50 years ago. The film tells the story of a mute man who witnesses a fake moon landing, and tries to convince people in his village what he saw by dancing and wearing space outfits. But he's "forced into silence, the truth weighs heavier on his shoulders each day" for years, while everyone else thinks he's crazy. Starring Gunawan Maryanto, Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, Ecky Lamoh, Alex Suhendra, Abigail Asmara, and Marissa Anita. Looks a bit wacky, but still compelling.
"Who painting do you want me to replicate?" Signature Entertainment in the UK has unveiled an official trailer for a Hong Kong crime thriller titled The Counterfeiter. This has gone under a few other names, including Project Gutenberg, and the original titles Mou seung (Cantonese) and Wu shuang (Mandarin). The Counterfeiter is described "action-packed, twisty and tension filled crime thriller" akin to The Usual Suspects meets Fight Club, starring Chow Yun-Fat as a criminal mastermind known as the "Painter". The Hong Kong police are hunting a masterful counterfeiting gang. In order to crack the leader "Painter's" true identity, the police recruits gang member Lee Man to unmask him. This also stars Aaron Kwok, Jingchu Zhang, Catherine Chau, Joyce Wenjuan Feng, David Yao-Qing Wang, and Kai Chi Liu. This looks cool, lots of slick counterfeiting along with some heavy action. It might be an entertaining weekend watch.
"Find better than me, you little bastard." Shellac has debuted a festival promo trailer for the indie drama Twelve Thousand, originally titled Douze Mille in French (which just translates to the same). The film is premiering at the Locarn Film Festival coming up in a few weeks, and is seeking international distribution to go along with the initial unveiling. From French filmmaker Nadège Trebal, the film is about a man and a woman. After he loses his illegal job, Frank thinks his wife Maroussia won’t love him anymore. In a bid for equality, he decides to leave in order to make as much money as she does: 12,000, before he returns. "Will Frank succeed in collecting this sum? Will he come back?" Starring Arieh Worthalter, Nadège Trebal, Liv Henneguier, Françoise Lebrun, and Florence Thomassin. Looks quite good - check it out below.
"I heard your sister was going to repair it?" "Yes, that's true." "Dreams don't cost a dime." Screen Daily has debuted the first festival promo trailer for a new Icelandic drama from filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano Sparrows), this one called Echo - or Bergmál in Icelandic. Set during Christmas, the film takes us on a journey into the lives of the people of Iceland. Rúnarsson "uses 56 scenes to create a portrait of modern society. Settings include an abandoned farm on fire in the countryside; a children’s choir singing carols; and a young girl making her grandmother try a new virtual reality headset." Looks like a very beautiful, intimate portrait of modern life in all its splendor. Locarno says: "Whether close or distant, these characters struggle with their solitude, their fears, their generosity, their present and their past. A contemporary panorama by turns ironic and caustic, Echo allows each character to question their place in the society they [now] live in."
"Come and fetch me." Celluloid Dreams has debuted a promo trailer for an indie film titled The Painted Bird, which is premiering at the Venice Film Festival this fall playing in competition. Written & directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul (Smart Philip, Tobruk), the film is adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's classic novel of the same name, about a young Jewish boy wandering around Eastern Europe alone during WWII. The B&W 35mm film is described as an "evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II." The Painted Bird is a deeply dramatic story examining the immediate relationship between terror and cruelty on one side and innocence and love on the other. Starring Petr Kotlár as The Boy, with a cast including Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Lech Dyblik, Aleksey Kravchenko, Petr Vaněk, and Barry Pepper. This looks intense and evocative, a work of cinematic art.
"An astonishment." Grasshopper Film has unveiled an official trailer for an intriguing cinema project titled La Flor, made by Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás. A decade in the making, La Flor is a 14-hour long film (yeah, seriously) that is being shown in four parts. La Flor "robs" the cinema in six episodes. Each episode corresponds to a cinematographic genre. The first is a "B-series", as the Americans used to do. The second is a musical melodrama with a hint of mystery. The third is a spy movie. The fourth is an abyss of cinema. The fifth revisits an old French film. The sixth speaks of captive women in the 19th century. These six episodes, these six genres have one thing in common: their four actresses. Starring Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. This is really only for die-hard cinema nerds who feel the need to sit through it, because 14 hours is a bit much - even if it does look cool. It premiered at the Buenos Aires Film Festival, then at the Locarno, Toronto, Vienna, and the New York Film Festival last year.
"We have lots of trees here, my boy." Janus Films is proud to present a touring retrospective show spanning Abbas Kiarostami's nearly five-decade career. The tour includes new restorations, from Criterion Collection and MK2, of The Koker Trilogy, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, plus rarely screened shorts and documentaries. To promote the launch of this classic retrospective series, Janus has released an official trailer featuring bits and pieces, clips and footage, from all of his various films. Abbas Kiarostami sadly passed away in 2016, but made quite an impact on cinema making numerous films that have gone on to become beloved classics. His first feature was The Report, made in 1977, only two years before the 1979 revolution in Iran. He won Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1997 for Taste of Cherry. His final film was 24 Frames, which showed in Cannes and was released in 2017. This is a beautiful trailer that pays tribute to the master.
"The smell of war is in the air." Well Go USA has debuted the first teaser trailer for Takashi Miike's latest film, titled First Love - originally known as Hatsukoi. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar, and is opening in US theaters this September - not too much of a wait for those interested. This is Miike at "his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo." The film's main cast features Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani, and Sakurako Konishi. Early reviews describe this as "feral and full of life" and also "hard-boiled and soft-hearted", comparing it to Tarantino's style. It looks damn good from this teaser. So many intriguing descriptions - you just have to see the footage for yourself.
"Everyone to the roof!" CJ Entertainment has revealed an official US trailer for the action survival comedy titled Exit, which will be opening in the US just a few weeks after it opens in Sotuh Korea at the end of this month. The big twist in the story is that a toxic gas engulfs the city, causing people to get very sick and die. One man, a lonely yet talented rock climber who hasn't done much with his life after graduating college, will show that his climbing skills aren't for nothing when he has to save his family and friends who are having a party in a tall building. Of course, his old crush is at this party, too. Starring Jo Jung-Suk, Lim Yoon-Ah, Go Doo-Shim, Park In-Hwan, and Kim Ji-Young. This looks extremely cheesy, as awful as Hollywood comedies with sound effects and absurdly bad action sequences. Still might be enjoyable to watch sometime.
"This world is upside-down." Vitrine Filmes has released a full-length official trailer for the Brazilian film Bacurau, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and won the Jury Prize during the fest. The film is the follow-up to Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho's award-winning 2012 feature Aquarius. "Described as a mixture of western, adventure and sci-fi, Bacurau is set in a small town in the Brazilian backlands that disappears from the map" after the death of the town's matriarch at the age of 94. A local woman returns home and she discovers something much more mysterious going on. This new trailer reveals a lot more than the original festival teaser, potentially giving away too much, however there's still so much more to this. The film's key cast includes Sonia Braga, Udo Kier, Jonny Mars, Antonio Saboia, Chris Doubek, and Karine Teles. This is such a crazy, original film. Hopefully it gets a US release soon.
"Someday, I'll be the most powerful Shogun there ever was!" Funimation Films has debuted an official US trailer for a Japanese live-action manga adaptation titled Kingdom, based on the series by Yasuhisa Hara. This is an epic Japanese action film that is actually set in ancient China - hopefully that's not too confusing. Orphaned by war, a young slave boy and his friend dream of changing their fate and becoming the world's greatest generals of the Qin Kingdom. Starring Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Kanata Hongō, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, and Takao Osawa. This is directed by veteran Japanese filmmaker Shinsuke Sato, who made the live-action Bleach movie last year, as well as The Princess Blade, Gantz, and Inuyashiki. The movie is actually getting a theatrical US release next month, for those interested in seeing it on the big screen. It looks seriously epic and awesome from this trailer. Enjoy.